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Why the court found the landlord responsible for this winter roof collapse

October 13, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A courier firm has successfully sued its landlord for $188,000 after the roof of its Halifax area warehouse collapsed under the weight of snow and ice. In Transport Canpar L.P. v. 3258042 Nova Scotia Limited, released Oct. 8, Justice Richard

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Meteorologists predict active hurricane season, Canadians told to prepare

May 22, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – Canadian meteorologists are predicting another active hurricane season, saying conditions are right for a long list of tropical storms. The Canadian Hurricane Centre in Halifax issued its seasonal forecast today, following up on a similar prediction offered Thursday

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Final pieces of storm toppled crane removed off top of Halifax building

October 28, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – The final pieces of a crane that collapsed onto a building in Halifax last month, during post-tropical storm Dorian, have been removed. A government release says the pieces that were lying on the top storey of the Olympus

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Work to begin on removal of Halifax construction crane felled by Dorian

September 30, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – Work was expected to begin Sunday that would allow the removal of the mangled remains of a construction crane that collapsed in downtown Halifax during post-tropical storm Dorian. The province said in a news release that final inspections

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‘Too early to say’ who will pay costs of toppled Halifax crane

September 26, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government says it’s too soon to say who will pay to remove a construction crane that was blown down during post-tropical storm Dorian. The province has declared a localized state of emergency in part of

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Engineers approve plan to begin removal of Halifax crane toppled by Dorian

September 13, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX _ Nova Scotia’s Labour minister says work will begin this weekend to remove a huge construction crane that collapsed in Halifax during Hurricane Dorian. Labi Kousoulis says a structural engineering report has been completed and approved by his department

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Post-Dorian claims adjustment: has the industry resolved its capacity issues?

September 10, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

More than 100,000 Atlantic Canada homes and businesses were still without power three days after Dorian hit Nova Scotia, but the latest hurricane to hit Canada’s east coast should be easier for the industry to handle than the May 4

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The impact of Dorian on Canada’s P&C industry

September 9, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Hurricane Dorian is definitely a catastrophe-level event for Canadian insurers, probably with huge business interruption losses and possibly bigger than 2016’s Hurricane Matthew, industry experts said Monday. “Business interruption is going to be huge on the commercial book of business,”

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How fatal Nova Scotia fire could change national building code

February 25, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – Experts say the deaths of the seven Barho children in a ferocious Halifax house fire last week could lead to new fire safety measures and changes to the country’s building code. Phil Rizcallah, director for construction research and

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Will the Maritimes be insurable if climate change left unchecked?

July 29, 2018 by Jason Contant

The financial costs of flooding in the Maritimes could increase dramatically by the end of the century under a “business-as-usual climate scenario,” even without accounting for changes people have made to the environment that could increase exposure, according to a

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Third Nor’easter in two weeks pummels Atlantic Canada

March 14, 2018 Michael Tutton - THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX –  A small steeple that’s a part of Halifax’s urban landscape toppled early Wednesday in a fierce winter storm that left thousands of Maritimers facing power outages, school closures and flight cancellations. Rev. Betsy Hogan, the minister at the

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Top 3 most dangerous places to drive in Canada

November 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Halifax has the highest collision frequency rate (7.9%) in Canada this year, according to the Allstate Insurance Company of Canada’s 2017 Safe Driving Study. It’s the third consecutive year that Halifax has topped Allstate’s study of collision frequency in Canada.